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Smile and be happy!

I'm not even going to try to tell how difficult this was to take and process, what I will say is it's taken me most of the night working on it to get it to this stage and it would probably take me most of the morning to try and describe how it was done.....
Here's what I will tell you, It a Common Darter Dragonfly shot at x2 magnification, 67 images were layered over each other (stacked) to get the DOF I wanted. It was processed using DPP, PSP4 and a mish mash of other programs. In total I reckon this is the result of about 8 hours work! Told you all before I was manic and nuts with it! Tongue
The dragonfly was anaesthetised, but was later returned to the wild unharmed once he came round from his little sleep Smile Hope you enjoy the fruits of my labours I finally feel now that I've got this stacking lark licked! Grin

Ade

BTW for those interest, we've a hedgehog in residence again and although he'll be asleep most of the day he will move around once in a while, if you want a wee peek, point your browsers to Ade's Hedgehog/Garden Cam

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Canon EF MP-E 65mm Macro @ x2 magnification
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:SMILE.....
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:7 Sep 2012 - 7:17 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Common darter, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, General, Odonata, Wildlife / nature
Votes:66

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84245 forum postsKarenFB vcard England161 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 7:22 AM

Aw! How sweet!! Smile He's smiling, crossed eyed but smiling!! Smile

A brilliant capture, well worth all your hard work. The details are wonderful and beautifully crisp!

(7.23 am: I can just see a dark shape in the back!)

Last Modified By KarenFB at 7 Sep 2012 - 7:24 AM

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 7:26 AM

That's his wings Karen, did think about removing them from the image, but decided not too in the end....

Ade

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 7:27 AM

Words fail me Ade! This is some work and the result is staggeringly sharp and, well, just perfect! Smile
Ann

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 7:44 AM

He didn't shave before the photo shoot............I don't know standards have dropped...........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Magic macro......WinkWink

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 7:46 AM

fantastic supermacro.. could have asked him to fave shave Smile that stubble wants trimming Smile

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84245 forum postsKarenFB vcard England161 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 8:04 AM


Quote: (7.23 am: I can just see a dark shape in the back!)

Sorry Ade - I meant the 'Hogcam'! Smile

Though looking again, it could be the back of the nestbox! Tongue

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EOS_fan
EOS_fan  327 forum posts England
7 Sep 2012 - 8:17 AM

Stunning, well worth the effort Smile

Steve

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 8:26 AM

stunning and more here ade and after all that work you have really earned my ua top shot and some Wink
andy

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gingerdelight

To say I am WELL impressed is to put it lightly! Amazing work Ade - very, VERY well done indeed!
Carol

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 9:00 AM


Quote: Sorry Ade - I meant the 'Hogcam'!

Doh! Grin

It's not working at the moment anyway as I'm just configuring a new router, hopefully it will be back soon.

Ade

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Wow Grin

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 9:21 AM

Right all finished now configuring the new router, hedgehog cam is now live and yes the black blob in the middle of the screen is him/her, but keep checking back in the day if you want too, as it will move around!

Thanks Carol and Andy for the UA's, trust they're very appreciated after all the work that went into it Grin Got a few more to come as yet, but that'll be on a different day.....In the meantime, I'm of ta bed for a few hours, I've been up nearly all night with spinal and knee pain......GRRRSad You'd think after all these years I'd be used to by now, never mind I'll keep taking the tablets......

Catch everyone later.....Ade

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 9:27 AM

I thought 2 hours over one of my floral shots was bad, but you've caught the disease real nasty, Ade.WinkWink
And I forgive you about your dire warnings to myself re. my poaching activities and offer my UA for this fabulous piece of work.
Ronnie.

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barbarahirst
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7 Sep 2012 - 9:45 AM

gobsmaked here....

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 9:46 AM

Cheers Ronnie, I ain't finished yet, there's more to come GrinGrinGrinGrin

Ade

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JohnoP
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7 Sep 2012 - 10:19 AM

Stunning! What more can I say! John

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rontear
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7 Sep 2012 - 11:03 AM

Last time I saw one of these was on a wanted posterWink Superb again !!! Ade. I recently have seen your hedgehog cam mentioned in a magazine I purchased, FAME !!!
Ron.

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 11:44 AM

Being as you have spent so long on this Ade I went and fetched my specs and some cornflakes so I could spend some time having a good lookGrinGrin Great work Ade........... Love itGrin
Diane

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 11:52 AM

Your dedication to your craft has certainly paid of here Ade.
Mind you,I suppose I can say the same for myself.
I did stack up 6 cases of beer for my daughters graduation party in July !!
Excellent shot.
Mick.

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mattberry
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7 Sep 2012 - 12:10 PM

Its ok I suppose Wink

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FeatherFriend
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7 Sep 2012 - 12:28 PM

Its the dogs thingy's Ade Wink,
Geoff.

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Chinga
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7 Sep 2012 - 1:07 PM

This is out of this World! Have a well deserved UA from me.
When you are ready to give lessons on macro photography count me in!
Well done, IB

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 1:48 PM

Fantastic, Ade, wha more can I saySmile. I will add that my attempt at a close-up recently was without the use of any anaesthetic Wink Carol

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achieverswales

Excellent captures and lots of patience Ade.

Regards

Trev.

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Glostopcat
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7 Sep 2012 - 4:49 PM

An awesome extreme close up Ade, the detail is phenomenal.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 4:55 PM

There's better to come in time Ed Tongue

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taggart
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7 Sep 2012 - 5:16 PM

This is a superb macro ade--- Natural Geographic should be calling soon!

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JohnChambersPhotography

OUTSTANDING WORK. a real pleasure to see and enjoy.

John

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chase
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7 Sep 2012 - 5:29 PM

Clever stuff Ade,such a lot of work gone into this,well done indeed !!

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jaktis
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7 Sep 2012 - 5:30 PM

Hard to not smile

Peter

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 5:43 PM

Excellent Capture, that's your EC.
Handsome Critter, that's your HC.
Your joking aside, I think this is a tremendous piece of work.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 6:58 PM

Thanks for all the comments and the awards guys.....They're all very much appreciated, sorry I haven't around much today. Up to my armpits in wireless cameras that won't work and flaky routers that aren't much better........Electronics and computers will send me to an early grave I'm sure of it.....All I really wanted to do today is catch up with my processing and I've gotten nowhere....Ade Sad

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 7:26 PM

i like the frame and presentation,

.......oh and great work too. fantastic image.Smile
ant.

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7 Sep 2012 - 7:44 PM

dedication over and above the call of dutyGrin brilliant result

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7 Sep 2012 - 7:53 PM

Out standing brill detail and so close .
jj

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7 Sep 2012 - 8:01 PM

Fearsome Ade. Spot on.
Ron

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7 Sep 2012 - 8:22 PM

What a brute - not youTongue - a lot of work - fair play for the effort Ade.
Brian.

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twelvemegs
7 Sep 2012 - 8:40 PM

Absolutely stunning Ade, such hard work and well worth it.

David

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7 Sep 2012 - 8:55 PM

Brilliant macro work, love it!

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ValSaxby
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7 Sep 2012 - 9:45 PM

Brilliant Ade - Well done

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Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2012 - 3:45 AM

cheers Val.....Grin

Ade

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2012 - 6:29 AM

The SIX UA's say it all - a terrific piece of work Ade - and just love that title with it

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WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41017 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2012 - 9:06 AM

Not sure how I missed this. My Roget's Thesaurus doesn't have any more superlatives to add to the above.

Dave

(had to connect you to avoid missing any more)

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MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2012 - 9:21 AM

A fantastic piece of work Ade but sadly I totally disagree with your ethics of how you go about it. Do you know that whilst it is in this form after emergence it has a duty and a life long ambition and built in instinct to breed. This has been curtailed from your ambition to get the photo. Also how do you know that it is ok after with handling and induced aenesthetic.
The saying is always put the creature first, this is definately not the case and I am sorry makes me very angry.
Richard

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
8 Sep 2012 - 10:55 AM

I only take photo's outside, I never disturb or capture anything insect or other wise, if things go wrong photo wise hard luck for me, any creature is free to carry on with it's normal life and stop what ever it is doing and leave the situation, I must say I feel if Aliens landed and did things to us we would not like it one bit either, so I have to agree with the above comment, natural shots in natural surroundings regards Leon. thank you for your comment Ade no hard feelings GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin my vote is for your effort!.

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Snapitt
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9 Sep 2012 - 7:26 PM

Superb image Ade. This is the best macro shot of a Common Darter that I've ever seen. Love that lens of yours.

Jane

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UrbaneMagick
9 Sep 2012 - 8:24 PM

whoooooooooooooaaahhhhhh Ade, the work has paid off handsomely.aweson=me work.

Thankyou for your vote on " A Drinkers Complexion"..VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.


Gareth Smile

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